Thursday, November 29, 2012

NJASL Conference

I will be appearing at the NJASL Conference tomorrow, November 30.  I will be talking about my school visits, selling books, and raffling off this original Fangbone! sketch.  See you at the shore!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Better than video games!

As I said in my last post, I usually don't make this stuff public, but this came in the other day and really touched me!  When people take the time to reach out and share their experiences with my books, it reminds me of why I do this, and keeps me going late at night.

"Good evening.  I am the parent of a child with high functioning autism who immerses himself exclusively in video games for entertainment.  Last night we had a long talk about other things we can do to fill his time and I suggested he read more.  Today, we went to the library.  He was unenthusiastic.  He has read all the graphic novels for his age and cognitive development level.   Then we discovered Fangbone.  He could not put it down!  What a shame the library has only the first book in the series (Something I intend to remedy right away).   This book was exactly what he needed!   It made his first day of limited tech time so enjoyable.    Thank you, thank you, thank you.   Keep writing!   You have a devoted fan club."

Monday, November 12, 2012

"I Really Like This Book!"

Every now and then I get a letter that really makes me happy.  This showed up just a few minutes ago, and it was a great way to end the day.

"I really didn't want this to be another "thanks for getting my kid to read" email, however, it is just that!!  I have searched for quite awhile to find a book to get my son to read.  He is in 5th grade and cognitively delayed and only reading at about a 4th grade level.  He got "Fangbone" at the Scholastic book fair and I figured it would be like the 203,904,738,994,001 books I have bought and be something he carried around but never really read.  Tonight, he not only actively read during his reading homework time, but kept stopping to say, "I really like this book!!"  He is now telling me how he needs more of these books for Christmas!!  I told him I would be more than happy to get them for him sooner than that.....however, he reminded me we don't get fun stuff this close to Christmas!!
Thanks Again!!
A very happy Mom!"

I'll sleep well tonight.